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Neuqua Keeps Rolling With Win Over La Salette

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Neuqua Keeps Rolling With Win Over La Salette

Will Chevalier finds some space. Lori Chevalier photo.

Neuqua continues to post impressive results in Rugby Illinois and this weekend was no different, as the Naperville, IL school defeated Notre Dame de La Salette 43-10 in league play.

The game was close throughout the first half, but in the second, Neuqua began to pull away. In the opening 20 minutes the game was somewhat back-and-forth. Neuqua wing Carl Reina capped off a nicely-worked movement to score early, but then the game settled down as both defenses held firm. Finally, La Salette scored to tie the game 5-5, and then with Neuqua down a player due to a yellow card, took a 10-7 lead with about five minutes left in the first half.

(Neuqua try-scorers at left, top to bottom: JJ Robertson, Rudy DeDeaux, Brandt Stare. Lori Chevalier photos.)

But Neuqua responded, putting No. 8 Rudy DeDeux over from short range, and then seeing center Nick Pastore nab an errant La Salette pass and race in under the sticks. Center Will Chevalier converted both tries to make it 19-10 at the break.

That was it for scoring for La Salette. Back at full strength in the second period, Neuqua put wing Brandt Stare in for two and lock JJ Robertson and prop Nolan Baker each touched down once. Chevalier converted two of those tries for the 43-10 win.